Thursday, April 19, 2018

Buses ( All Things That Go Series)

Buses Theme ( All Things That Go Series)
Show your kids pictures of different buses. Talk about what they are used for with them? Talk about a memory of you being on a bus? Talk about how they may ride one to get around town or even to be taken to school on one! 

READ: Books

My Bus By Bryon Barton
Pete The Cat : Wheels on the Bus By James Dean
Don't  Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus By Mo Willems
The Bus Stop By Janet Morgan Stoeke
Bus!Stop! By James Yang
The Little School Bus By Margery Cuyler
Babies on the Bus By Karen Katz
The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk By Kabir & Surishtha Sehgal 
Maisy Drives The Bus By Lucy Cousins
Seals on the Bus By Lenny Hort
The Bus for Us By Suzanne Bloom
The Bus for Us By Michael Rosen 
The Wheels on the Bus By Annie Kubler 
School Bus By Donald Crews
Wheels On The Bus By Jane Cabrera (Jungle)
Red Truck, Yellow Bus By (Rookie Reader)
The Magic School Bus Series (books) By Joanna Cole (K-3)


 Song:   Wheels on the Bus.

The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round, round and round,
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town.
Other possible verses:
The people on the bus go up and down.
The babies on the bus go “wah, wah, wah.”
The mommies on the bus go “I love you!”
The money on the bus goes click, click, click.
The doors on the bus go open and shut.
The driver on the bus says “Move on back!”
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish.
And you can always make up silly verses like:
The lions on the bus go “roar, roar, roar!”
The birdies on the bus go “tweet, tweet, tweet.”
 Credit Childhood and Preschool Curriculum


Craft:  Egg Carton Buses. Cut the lid of a 12-count paper egg carton into four pieces so each piece would have covered three eggs.  Help the kiddos glue two of them together to make a bus.  Let them glue 2-4 toilet paper rolls together to make the wheels and then glue the wheels onto the bus.  Let them paint their buses.  Credit Preschool Curriculum

Back To School Tracing and Coloring (includes a school bus)

Wheels on the Bus Printable Book (Color) FREE 

School Bus Name Activity  

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Earth and Earth Day (includes recycling) Sunday April 22 (Updated with more activities)

Earth, Earth Day and

What do your preschoolers know about their environment? This is a good time to  talk about animals or plants or other parts of the natural world. I suggest also talking about how to take care of the world. April 22 is Earth Day, a natural time to talk about caring for the world. 

READ Books:

Earth Book By Todd Parr
Michael Recycle By Ellie Bethel

Compost Stew By Mary Mckenna Siddalis
Biscuit's Earth Day Celebration By Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Earth Day: An Alphabet Book By Gary Kowalski
Earth Day By Mercer Mayer
Earth Day Every Day By Lisa Bullard
Recycling Is Fun By Charles Ghigna (recycling)
Little Seeds By Charles Ghigna (taking care of earth planting seeds) 
Heal The Earth By Julian Lennon 

Big Bear Hug By Nicholas Oldland (Save Forest and Tree)
Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See By Bill Martin Jr (Endangered Animals)
10 Things I Can Do To Help My World By Melanie Walsh

We Planted A Tree By Diane Muldrow 
I Can Save The Earth By Allison Inches
Thank You Earth By April Pulley Sayre
Don't Throw That Away By Lara Bergen
I Love Our Earth By Bill Martin Jr. 

The Earth and I By Frank Asch
Earth Day Birthday By Maureen Wright 
Curious George Discovers Recycling By H.A. Rey
We Need Water By Charles Ghigna (Keep water clean)
Pick Up The Park By Charles Ghigna (recycling)
Why Should I Recycle By Jen Green (K-2)
On Earth By G. Brian Karas (K-2)

Songs and Rhymes:

Clean Up  Credit Preschool
Sung to: "Twinkle, twinkle, little star"

Twinkle twinkle little star
Time to clean up where you are.
Put litter back in its place,
Keep a smile upon your face.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
Time to clean up where you are.

Litter Bugs Credit Preschool
Sung to: "Frere Jacques"

We're not litterbugs
We're not litterbugs,
No siree, no siree!
We pick up our trash,
We pick up our trash,
Yes siree, yes siree!

Pick it up!
(To London Bridge)
See the litter?  Pick it up!
Pick it up!  Pick it up!
See the litter?  Pick it up!
We’re not litterbugs!


Upcycled Plastic Egg Music Shaker

Painting with recycled objects 

Sensory Play For Earth Day 

Fine Motor Recycle Sorting Game  

Happy Earth/ Sad Earth Sorting Game  

Free Earth Day Pack for Toddlers and Preschoolers 

Earth Fine Motor Q tip Painting printable 

Draw on Coffee filters with blue and green markers and then use a spray bottle to spritz with water- do not get them too wet with the water (as the water hits it will be a watercolor effect)

Do Things outside- go for a nature walk in your neighborhood or nearby park- help to pick up trash! Plant a tree or plant flowers, weed, and take better care of the earth.

Recycle or reuse old cardboard boxes or bottles, bottle tops etc for a recycled art project. Build a robot, paint with the recycled materials.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Mice and Mouse Theme


Mice and Mouse Theme

Little Mouse's Big Breakfast By Christime Pym
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear By Audrey Wood
Lunch By Denise Fleming
Whose Mouse Are You? By Robert Krauss

Mouse Mess By Linnea Riley

Mouse Paint By Ellen Stoll Walsh
Mouse Count By Ellem Stoll Walsh
Mouse Shapes By Ellem Stoll Walsh
If You Give A Mouse Series-- A Cookie, School, Movies By Laura Numeroff
 Maisy Books By Lucy Cousins
Seven Blind Mice By Ed Young
New House for Mouse By Petr Horacek
Mouse's First (Series) Spring,
Halloween, Summer,First Day of School  By Lauren Thompson
Mice By Rose Fylerman
The Lion and the Mouse By Jerry Pinkney


Hickory, dickory dock  (Hold arm up with elbow bent).
The mouse ran up the clock (run fingers from other hand up arm).
The clock struck one (hold up one finger).
The mouse ran down (run fingers down the arm)
Hickory, dickory dock!

Three Gray Mice - sung to "Three Blind Mice"
Three gray mice, three gray mice,
See how they run. See how they run.
They all were chased by the farmer's cat.
They ran and hid in an old straw hat.
Did you ever see such a sight as that?
Three gray mice, three gray mice. 

Credit Step By Step Childcare

I think mice
Are rather nice.
Their tails are long
Their faces small,
They haven't any
Chins at all.
Their ears are pink,
Their teeth are white,
They run about
The house at night.
They nibble things
They shouldn't touch
And no one seems
To like them much.
But *I* think mice
Are nice. 

 Credit Step By Step Childcare

 Little Mousie
Here's a little mousie. (Cup hands and stick finger out)
Peeking through a hole. (Peek to left/right)
Peek to the left.
Peek to the right.
Pull your head back in, (Pull head in)
There's a cat in sight ! (Meow as if cat)

 Credit Step by Step Childcare

Mouse Paint
Provide Red, Blue and Yellow paint for kids to create colors.
Great Activity to use with  the Book Mouse Paint book by Ellen Stoll Walsh.

Mouse Shapes
Make a Mouse out of paper shapes -- Great activity to use with Mouse Shapes Book By Ellen Stoll Walsh or 

Mouse Finger Puppet

Mouse Shape Craft